Pro-life journalist Daleiden Sues Planned Parenthood In Defamation Lawsuit
Sep 25, 2020
Undercover journalist David Daleiden, founder of the Center for Medical Progress (CMP), has filed a defamation lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in New York against Planned Parenthood for false and defamatory claims about his undercover videos which featured conversations with organization executives about the trade of baby body parts.
David Daleiden sues Planned Parenthood, seeks $75K for defamation
Attorneys for Daleiden at the Thomas More Society claim that the nation's largest abortion organization orchestrated a “smear campaign” to distract from the content of his work. The lawsuit alleges that a Planned Parenthood communications officer provided false statements to a publication regarding organ harvesting operations and incorrectly told the public that CMP had manufactured a "false campaign" when they released videos of officials and staff candidly discussing how best to harvest aborted body parts for profit.
The complaint asks that Planned Parenthood pay $75,000 in actual and punitive damages to make up for harming Daleiden’s reputation and for causing “personal humiliation, mental anguish and suffering.” The complaint also requests “punitive and exemplary damages, in an amount necessary to punish PPFA for its malicious conduct toward Plaintiffs.”
Planned Parenthood spokeswoman Melanie Newman dismissed the lawsuit as "baseless" and another chapter in a "multi-year, malicious campaign to advance [Daleiden's] goals of banning safe, legal abortion in this country." The suit marks the latest in a years-long legal struggle between Daleiden and Planned Parenthood.
"I have put my life on hold for five years to report, with video evidence, the trafficking of aborted infants that I and others witnessed at the highest levels of Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry. It is time for Planned Parenthood to face the truth,” said Daleiden.
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